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Executive Compensation

Our employee benefit lawyers are skilled at assisting clients through the maze of interconnected tax, ERISA and securities regulation governing executive compensation and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements.

Employment Agreements
We regularly review, negotiate and draft individual employment, severance, change-in-control and non-competition agreements.

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation & Equity Arrangements
We counsel clients on the design, implementation and administration of a wide variety of elective and non-elective equity and cash based executive compensation plans. Our nonqualified plan practice consists of designing, implementing and administering deferred compensation plans, excess benefit plans and supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), commonly referred to as top-hat plans.

Life, Health and Other Welfare Benefits
Our group also has significant experience advising on the structure, design and taxation of life, health and other welfare benefit arrangements. This includes the application of the nondiscrimination rules as well as post-employment health benefits.

Perquisites and Other Fringe Benefits
We provide counsel on the provision, negotiation and taxation of perquisites as well as other fringe benefits such as company-provided transportation

Awards

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Who’s Who Legal Awards

Charter Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Former Chairs of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section

New York Super Lawyers

Former Chairs of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section

Former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committe

AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Practice Highlights

  • Counsel to multi-billion dollar pension funds.
  • Successfully designed, created and obtained regulatory approval of a cutting-edge welfare benefit plan with multiple employer participation.
  • Negotiated a severance package and agreement for a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company.
  • Successfully defended a multiemployer pension plan against the Department of Justice, having several hundred thousand dollars in penalties abated.
  • Counsel to the employee benefit plans of professional athletes.
  • Established nonqualified deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt entities with significant assets.
  • Counsel to VEBAs with individual assets exceeding $500 million.
  • Negotiated an employment agreement for a senior executive in conjunction with a change in control.